ice wine


plural ice wines
: a sweet wine made by pressing frozen grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine before being harvested : eiswein
Records indicate the first ice wine pressing occurred in the German region of Franconia, in 1794, when an unusually early frost greeted surprised vintners with a frozen crop of grapes.Jeff Morgan
One of the world's most exotic potions is ice wine, a delicious sweet wine that is rare, difficult to make and eagerly sought by connoisseurs. It is the product of frozen grapes intentionally left on the vines long after the normal harvest and then harvested after a solid frost.Terry Robards

Examples of ice wine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The celebration of ice wine begins in March. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 24 Dec. 2022 Riesling can be made in a variety of ways from super dry with little or no residual sugar to a very sweet style such as German or Canadian ice wine. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2023 Wine is the common host/hostess gift, so go one step better with an ice wine from a local, Grand River Valley winery. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 5 Dec. 2022 For years, it has typically been featured as the winery’s dessert-style ice wine. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 1 Nov. 2022 Raise a glass to the memories made over a glass of the popular Canadian varietal, ice wine. Terri Huggins Hart, Woman's Day, 14 June 2022 Head there in mid to late summer for the latest crop, or, for those adventurous enough, go over the winter months to catch the ice wine harvest with your closest friends. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2022 Many wineries in more temperate climes make ice wine from grapes frozen after harvest. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 There are a number of great wines available at Viento’s tasting room, from a dry sherry-style aperitif to a stunning riesling ice wine from the 2009 vintage. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ice wine was in 1953

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“Ice wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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